'Dust' in the Bible
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.
And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
and all the wells which his father's servants digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines have stopped them, and fill them with dust.
And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
And the Lord said to Moses and to Aaron, Take in your hand a little dust from the fire and let Moses send it in a shower up to heaven before the eyes of Pharaoh.
And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.
So they took some dust from the fire, and placing themselves before Pharaoh, Moses sent it out in a shower up to heaven; and it became a skin-disease bursting out on man and on beast.
And make all its vessels, the baskets for taking away the dust of the fire, the spades and basins and meat-hooks and fire-trays, of brass.
And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place:
And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust.
And the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel; and of the dust that is in the floor of the tabernacle the priest shall take, and put it into the water:
And your children will be wanderers in the waste land for forty years, undergoing punishment for your false ways, till your bodies become dust in the waste land.
Then let a man who is clean take the dust of the burned cow and put it outside the tent-circle in a clean place, where it is to be kept for the children of Israel and used in making the water which takes away what is unclean: it is a sin-offering.
And he who takes up the dust of the burned cow is to have his clothing washed with water and be unclean till evening: this is to be a law for ever, for the children of Israel as well as for the man from another country who is living among them.
And for the unclean person they shall take of the dust of the heifer that was burnt as sin and put living water over it in a vessel;
Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!
And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, and ground it very small, even until it was as small as dust: and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount.
The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.
And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, and he hath set the world upon them.
Now a man of Benjamin ran from the battle line and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes torn and dust on his head.
On the third day a man with torn clothes and dust on his head came from Saul’s camp. When he came to David, he fell to the ground and paid homage.
And Tamar, in her grief, put dust on her head; and she put her hand on her head and went away crying loudly.
When David came to the summit where he used to worship God, Hushai the Archite was there to meet him with his robe torn and dust on his head.
And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill's side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust.
And kept going across the river to take the people of the king's house over, and to do whatever was desired by the king. And Shimei, the son of Gera, went down on his face in the dust before the king, when he was about to go over Jordan,
Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.
Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust, and made thee prince over my people Israel; and thou hast walked in the way of Jeroboam, and hast made my people Israel to sin, to provoke me to anger with their sins;
Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
And Benhadad sent unto him, and said, The gods do so unto me, and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for handfuls for all the people that follow me.
Neither did he leave of the people to Jehoahaz but fifty horsemen, and ten chariots, and ten thousand footmen; for the king of Syria had destroyed them, and had made them like the dust by threshing.
And the king commanded Hilkiah, the high priest, and the priests of the second order and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that had been made for Baal and for the grove and for all the host of heaven; and he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron and caused their dust to be carried unto Bethel.
He brought out the Asherah pole from the Lord’s temple to the Kidron Valley outside Jerusalem. He burned it at the Kidron Valley, beat it to dust, and threw its dust on the graves of the common people.
And the altars that were on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the LORD, did the king beat down, and brake them down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron.
He even tore down the altar at Bethel and the high place that Jeroboam son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin, had made. Then he burned the high place, crushed it to dust, and burned the Asherah.
Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.
And also Maacah, the mother of Asa the king, he removed from being queen, because she had made an abominable image for an Asherah; and Asa cut down her image, and made dust of it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.
And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.
he also tore down altars, destroyed the Asherim and the carved images, grinding them into dust, and chopped down all the incense altars throughout the land of Israel. Then he went back to Jerusalem.
and in the presence of his colleagues and the army of Samaria he said, "What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they be left to themselves? Will they again offer sacrifice? Will they finish this in a day? Can they bring these burnt stones to life again from piles of dust?"
On the twenty-fourth day of this month the Israelites assembled; they were fasting, wearing sackcloth, and had put dust on their heads.
Now when Mordecai saw what was done, pulling off his robe, he put on haircloth, with dust on his head, and went out into the middle of the town, crying out with a loud and bitter cry.
And in every part of the kingdom, wherever the king's word and his order came, there was great sorrow among the Jews, and weeping and crying and going without food; and numbers of them were stretched on the earth covered with dust and haircloth.
And he took a broken bit of a pot, and, seated in the dust, was rubbing himself with the sharp edge of it.
And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.
And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.
Surely this is the joy of his way of life;yet others will sprout from the dust.
Then you will have me pushed into the dust, so that I will seem disgusting to my very clothing.
Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
Your wise sayings are only dust, and your strong places are only earth.
If its root becometh old in the earth, And its stem doth die in the dust,
But truly a mountain falling comes to dust, and a rock is moved from its place;
The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.
I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust.
They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.
But I know my living Redeemer,and He will stand on the dust at last.
His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.
They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;
Iron from the dust is taken, And from the firm stone brass.
The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.
He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.
All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.
When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,
Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.
Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
The evil-doers are not so; but are like the dust from the grain, which the wind takes away.
Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.
Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
And to the dust of death thou appointest me, For surrounded me have dogs, A company of evil doers have compassed me, Piercing my hands and my feet.
All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
Let them be like dust from the grain before the wind; let the angel of the Lord send them in flight.
For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.
They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.
He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:
O my God, make them like the whirling dust, Like chaff before the wind.
You have spurned the covenant of Your servant; You have profaned his crown in the dust.
You return mankind to the dust,saying, “Return, descendants of Adam.”
For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;
DALETH. My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
Man's breath goes out, he is turned back again to dust; in that day all his purposes come to an end.
He gives snow like wool; he sends out ice-drops like dust.
While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
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